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Friday, 31 August 2012

Special Forces from France United Kingdom and United States are deployed near borders of Syria

On Sunday 26 August, The Daily Star reported that “nearly 200 elite SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) British troops are in or around Syria” looking for weapons of mass destruction in the country. British special forces, along with troops from France and the United States, are poised along the borders of Syria to secure and destroy the country’s arsenal of chemical weapons if the regime in Damascus collapses.
Armed with CQBR and M4 Carbines and sporting Glock sidearms, Special Forces soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) practise small arms drills during joint training with Hungarian forces.

South African Company IAD will unveil Nyoka Mk2 armoured vehicle at defence exhibition AAD 2012

South Africa's Industrial and Automotive Design (IAD) and Saudi Groups joint venture will launch the mine-protected armoured personnel carrier (APC) Nyoka Mk2 at the African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show to be held from the 19 -23 September 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Al-Masmak MRAP vehicle from the private Saudi Arabian Company SAUDI Groups.

France and United Kingdom are ready for a no-fly zone in Syria to protect civilian population

Britain and France have said they are not ruling out any options in Syria, including a military-enforced no-fly zone to protect thousands of civilians fleeing the escalating civil war. William Hague, Britain's foreign secretary, told a joint news conference in New York with Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, that a Turkish proposal for a safe zone would require military intervention.
Syrian refugees are seen at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria August 29, 2012. The United Nations refugee agency said Thursday, August 30, 2012, that more than 220,000 people had fled Syria to seek safety and security in neighboring countries, and the refugees' "number is rapidly growing."

ThalesRaytheon Systems awarded a contract by US Army to upgrade AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder radar

ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a $44.9 million contract by the U.S. Army to upgrade the Receiver Exciter (REX) in the Improved AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder radar. The enhanced REX is part of the U.S. Army's program to further improve the AN/TPQ-37's performance, maintainability and reliability, while extending the service life of these long-range counter-battery systems.
AN/TPQ-37(V)9 Improved Firefinder radar

METRAVIB launches its brand new Sniper localisation and detection system PEARL

METRAVIB has developed his new « jewel » : PEARL (Personal Equipment Add-on for Reactive Localization). PEARL is a dedicated and low cost gunshot detection and localization system to be considered as an add-on equipment for : assault rifle, sniper gun, vehiclemounted machine gun/crew served weapon station, GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) and AGL (Automatic and grenades launcher).
PEARL (Personal Equipment Add-on for Reactive Localization) of Metravib

ACMAT and MAWTELECOM present the new ALTV Special Force vehicle variant at MSPO 2012

After Eurosatory 2012, ACMAT and MAWTELECOM present the new ALTV variant at jubilee edition of MSPO in Poland: ALTV Torpedo High Mobility. Based on 60 years of military experience in the rugged and hostile environment of Africa and Middle-East, the new variant ALTV Torpedo High Mobility is specifically designed to meet the high levels of mobility, ballistic and mine protection level 1, payload and survivability in the most extreme driving conditions.
ACMAT Special Forces vehicle ALTV Torpedo High Mobility

Eurocopter brings modern and combat proven EC725 helicopter at Defence Exhibition MSPO 2012

Eurocopter’s solution for the Polish Armed Forces will be the theme of its participation at next week’s MSPO International Defense Industry Exhibition at Kielce, Poland, which is to include the display of a combat proven multi-role EC725.
Eurocopter multi-role transport helicopter EC725 (Credit photo Eurocopter)

South Korean Navy takes delivery of third KDX-III class Aegis destroyer

ROK (Republic of Korea) Navy took delivery of its third Aegis-equipped destroyer from the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on August 30 2012. South Korea launched the KDX-III program in 2004 to bolster its defense against North Korea. The first ship of the Sejong the Great ship class, was commissioned in December 2008 and the second ship of the class (Yulgok Yi I) was commissioned in August 2010.

DCNS and SAGEM, a successful partnership around the "L’Adroit" Offshore Patrol Vessel

More than a technological prowess, the Gowind® OPV L’Adroit is an industrial challenge. Designed and built by DCNS in record time less than 24 months, it also innovates by important partnerships. Many manufacturers – including Sagem (Safran Group) – brought their experience.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

US Navy approves full rate production for new AARGM anti-radiation missile

The Department of the Navy is investing in a weapon that will transform the effectiveness of military firepower on the battlefield. The service recently authorized Full-Rate Production (FRP) of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), a medium range, supersonic air-launched tactical missile.

V-22 Osprey supports Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier flight deck certification

When a V-22 Osprey from Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 landed for the first time on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on July 19, it highlighted another in a series of firsts for the unique tilt-rotor aircraft that has become an integral part of the U.S. naval forces.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Japan will boost its Self Defense Forces capabilities with U.S. amphibious vehicle AAV-7 LVTP-7

Japan has announced a series of initiatives to bolster the Self Defense Forces’ ability to respond to new and potential threats. The initiatives span from cyber to amphibious warfare and fill gaps in existing capability. TV Asahi has broken the news that the Self Defense Forces plan on buying four U.S.-made AAV-7 or LVTP-7 amphibious assault vehicles for the Ground Self Defense Forces.
U.S. Marines ride aboard an LVTP-7 amphibious assault vehicle during Exercise Gallant Eagle '82.
(Credit photos US Army Defense)
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Bumar will present its new modern complex anti-aircraft defence system at MSPO 2012

At the upcoming 20th anniversary International Defence Industry Exhibition (Miedzynarodowy Salon Przemysly Obronnego) in Kielce, Bumar Group, the largest Polish group operating in defence industry in Central Europe, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. uring the upcoming exhibition, Bumar Group, to meet the declaration recently announced by the President, will present the design of a modern complex anti-aircraft defence system with elements to combat tactical ballistic missiles, called “THE SHIELD OF POLAND”.
Bumar project of future soldier equipment for Polish Army

Rafael at MSPO 2012 defence exhibition with a full range of land defence systems and solutions

Rafael will be participating at MSPO 2012 International Defence Industry Exhibition which will be held from the 3 to 6 September 2012 in Kielce, Poland. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of high-tech defense systems for air, land, sea and space applications.
Rafael Israeli Defence Industry at MSPO 2012

LETRONA presents broadest GEROH product spectrum ever at the MSPO 2012

GEROH is pleased to announce that we will exhibit together with our Polish representative LETRONA at the MSPO 2012, in Kielce. For the first time our Polish representative Letrona Polska Sp. z o.o. will present our broaden spectrum of customized off-road trailer systems and outstanding mast solutions at the MSPO.
Visit Geroh - Letrona at MSPO 2012 in Kielce, Poland. Booth Hall D-115.

CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research gears up for Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012

Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo takes place biennially and is viewed as one of the premier aerospace and defence events in the world, bringing together players in the military and civilian sectors from around the globe. This year's event will take place from 19 to 23 September, returning to its original venue at Air Force Base Waterkloof, Centurion after six years. Indications are that this year's event will be the largest since the establishment of AAD in 2000.
CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of South Africa

North Sea Boats to Launch New 63m Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel for Indonesian Navy

The new 63 metre long vessel is a cutting edge trimaran design that is considered to be the most advanced naval vessel of its type ever built in South East Asia. It incorporates a radical wave piercing hull form for improved seaworthiness and stability, and has been built from full carbon fibre composite materials, utilising the vacuum infusion process and vinylester resin. This method results in a structure that has increased strength, but also offers the benefits of lower operating, maintenance, and lifecycle costs.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Croatia will boost military exchanges and cooperation with China

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie held talks with his Croatian counterpart Ante Kotromanovic in Beijing Monday, August 27, 2012, during which they pledged to further military exchanges and cooperation.
Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (R) shakes hands with Croatian Minister of Defence Ante Kotromanovic in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 27, 2012. Liang held talks with his Croatian counterpart here on Monday.

Israel becomes one of the most top arms exporters in the world with $1.8 billion in 2011

According to a newly-released American report examining global arms' transfers, Israel is one of the top exporters of weapons, with sales worth 12.9 billion U.S. dollars between 2004 and 2011. The report, titled Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, was written by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress, the Globes economic daily reported Tuesday, August 28, 2012.
In 2009, India purchased the Israeli-made Spyder surface-to-air defense missile system.

Joint military exercises for the Canadian and Russian armed forces in North America

A group of Russian armed forces will take part in the military drills with Canada to be held next Monday in North America, a military official said Saturday, August 25, 2012. The Watchful Eagle-2012 anti-terrorism exercise, slated for Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, will take place in the United States and Canada.
Russian soldiers take part of joint military exercises with Canadian army.

Russia will test the Italian wheeled armoured vehicle Centauro with 105 and 120 gun

The Russian Federation will not make large-scale purchases of foreign armored vehicles, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday at an arms exhibition in the Urals. In May this year, the Oto-Melara company which makes the tank said Russia was testing the Centauro and considering building it under license.
Italian Centauro tanks of Oto Melara arriving at Novorossiysk, Russia, this week.

Fifth Type 056 Chinese Corvette class launched at Shanghai shipyard

On August 19, 2012 the Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai (part of the China state shipbuilding corporation - CSSC) launched its second Type 056 corvette. This is the fifth corvette of this type in a little over 3 months.

BAE Systems to provide two Mk 110 naval guns to US Coast Guard and Navy

BAE Systems recently received a contract award for more than $20 million to supply two 57mm Mk 110 MOD 0 guns and engineering support to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. The naval gun systems will be delivered to the fifth National Security Cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s training facility in Dam Neck, Virginia where sailors will benefit from Mk 110 operations and maintenance training.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Lockheed Martin contract for U.S. Army JLTV Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase

Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] received a $65 million contract from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps to continue developing the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) through the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase.
JLTV vehicle of Lockheed Martin

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Vietnam will be in the future on top three importers of Russian weapons and military equipment

Vietnam will be soon on the top three importers of Russian weapons and military equipment said in Moscow on Thursday, August 23, 2012, Igor Korottchenko, the Director General of the Russian Centre for Analysis of global trade of arms (TsAMTO).
The two countries also agreed on the delivery of Bastion anti-ship missiles

Friday, 24 August 2012

Oshkosh Defense has received a contract for the development of JLTV program for U.S. Army

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase. The JLTV program aims to replace many of the U.S. military’s aged HMMWVs with a lightweight vehicle that offers greater protection, mobility and transportability.
Oshkosh Defense L-ATV the JLTV solution for U.S. Army

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Russian army paratroopers test the new 120 mm mortar 2B32 NONA-M1

Russian soldiers from an air assault brigade deployed in the Southern military district have held live-firing drills using new 120-mm semi-automatic mortars, the district’s spokesman, Col. Igor Gorbul, said. The firing drills were held in preparation for the Kavkaz-2012 strategic military exercises, which will take place in southern Russia in September.
Russian 2B32 NONA-M1 120mm mortar

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Iranian army starts construction of its largest air defense base in Southern Iran

The Iranian military has started construction of its largest air defense base in Southern Iran, a senior commander announced on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Deputy Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base for Engineering Affairs Mohammad Hosseini further added that the new air defense site is built in the city of Abadeh in the Southern Fars province.
Mersad air defence missile system air base

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Oshkosh Defense delivers 10,000 FMTVs trucks to U.S. Army in less than two years

The United States Army and Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), today commemorated the production of the 10,000th Oshkosh-built Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck – less than two years after Oshkosh began producing FMTVs under a contract awarded in October 2009.
Oshkosh Defense FMTV 4x4 truck from the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles at DSEI 2011, Defense Exhibition in London, United Kingdom.

Army of United States and South Korea launch joint military exercises.

South Korea and the United States on Monday launched a joint exercise aimed at enhancing defense readiness against potential security threats here, military officials said. The computer-assisted simulation exercise, dubbed Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), will mobilize some 56,000 South Korean troops and 30,000 U.S. forces.
South Korean army soldiers stage a military drill to test defences against North Korea in Seoul on August 20, 2012. US and South Korean troops began an annual major joint exercise despite protests by Pyongyang which vowed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

Boeing has won a contract to supply 22 attack helicopters AH-64 Apache to India

U.S. aerospace giant Boeing has won a $1.4 billion deal to supply India with 22 helicopter gunships, beating off competition from Russia's Mil Mi-28, the Times of India reported on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Only the Boeing AH-64 could meet all the Indian armed forces' air staff qualitative requirements, the paper said.
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter makes a low pass outside Combat Outpost Sangar in Zabul province, Afghanistan, July 1, 2010. (U.S. Army credit photo by Spc. Eric Cabral/Released)

United States warns Syria of military response in case of move or use of chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should heed U.S. warnings to neither use nor move chemical or biological weapons, lest he risk crossing a "red line" and provoke a U.S. military response, President Barack Obama said Monday, August 20, 2012.
The President of United States Barack Obama warns Syria about the move and use of chemical or biological weapons.

Vectronix to provide the U.S. Army with unique handheld precision targeting systems

Vectronix of Switzerland will provide the handheld precision targeting solutions to support the Handheld Precision Targeting Devices (HHPTD) solicitation awarded on July 3rd, 2012. The HHPTD, sponsored by the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF), provides dismounted observers the ability to rapidly locate ground targets with a high degree of accuracy allowing target engagement with precision munitions.
Vectronix STERNA Non-Magnetic, Precision Target Location System (PTLS)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Israeli army will acquire the new Rafael Mini Spike man portable electro-optical missile system

The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is in the first phase of acquiring Rafael’s new Mini-Spike. The smallest member of Rafael’s family of Spike missiles, the new system weighs 4 kg. At the defence exhibition of Paris, Eurosatory 2012, the Israeli Company Rafael unveiled the MINI Spike, a man portable, multi-purpose miniature electro-optical missile weapon system.
Rafael Mini Spike launcher unit training system at defence exhibition in Paris, Eurosatory 2012.

Turkish army has purchased 50 Husky mine IEDs clearing detection vehicles from United States

Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz says Ankara, Sunday, August 12, 2012, has bought 50 Husky Visor 2500 mine detection vehicles from Washington.
United States Army Husky Mine IEDs clearing detection protected vehicle

Saturday, 18 August 2012

British Company MTL Group will manufacture armoured hulls for the Mamba vehicle

Leading global armour specialist MTL Group has been awarded a significant contract to supply fabricated armoured hulls to Panzer Technologies for its Mamba Vehicle. The armoured vehicles which are intended for use in peace keeping operations will be manufactured at MTL Group Headquarters in the UK then shipped ready for final assembly to South Africa.
Mamba light wheeled tactical vehicle

New Arjun tank Mk-2 unveils by Combat Vehicles Research Development Establishment of India

The defence magazine Force of India visited the Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) for an exclusive insight into the programme of Indian-made Arjun Mk-2 main battle tank. Arjun Mk-2 is substantially improved and more capable than the Arjun Mk-1; it is too heavy, limiting areas where it can be deployed by the Indian Army.
Director, CVRDE, Dr Sivakumar, front of the new Indian-made main battle tank project Arjun Mk-2.
(Credit photo National Security and Defence newsmagazine FORCE)

Free Syrian Army fighters try to take the control of military airport in Aleppo and Damascus

Fighter aircraft and helicopters of Syrian government forces have continued to strike the northern suburbs of Aleppo as Syrian forces reportedly battle rebels near the airport in the war-battered city.
A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade as he secures a street in the Damascus suburb of Saqba August 17, 2012.

U.S. Army soldiers test new technology to defeat IEDs with Husky mine detection vehicle

A diverse group of scientists, trainers and U.S. Army Soldiers from across the country -- including Soldiers of 3rd Battalion (Engineer), 364th Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade,"Task Force Rampant," Division West -- spent five days testing and evaluating the HUSKY Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection Cause and Effect System trainer, known as the HMDS-CES.
US. Army soldiers test and evaluate the HUSKY Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection Cause and Effect System trainer, known as the HMDS-CES.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Lockheed Martin receives a contract to produce THAAD missile system for United States Army

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a $150 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to produce Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System launchers and fire control and communications equipment for the United States Army.
Lockheed Martin THAAD Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile weapon system launcher unit.

Lockheed Martin receives U.S. Marine Corps contract for Havoc 8x8 APC vehicle study and demo

Underscoring the company’s ability to deliver cost effective ground vehicle solutions, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $3.5 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to test and validate the company’s Havoc 8x8 vehicle as part of the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program.
Lockheed Martin Havoc vehicle 8x8 for the MPC (Marine Personnel Carrier) program of United States Marine Corps.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Modernization of defense systems in Poland and creation of its own missile defence shield

Poland must continue to modernise its armed forces including building an independent air defence system, President Komorowski said during celebrations of Armed Forces Day on Wednesday, August 16, 2012. The Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak announced, August 11, 2012, that Poland wants to build its own missile defence system with help from France and Germany.
Poland must continue to modernise its armed forces including building an independent air defence system, said the Polish President President Bronislaw Komorowski.

Canadian Army wants to purchase a new Light Armoured Reconnaissance vehicle

The Canadian Army hopes to have in place by the end of this year an initial contract for a new vehicle-mounted surveillance system that can feed its data into command-and-control networks.The Army uses the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle, but its systems cannot transmit information to headquarters.
Soldiers of The Royal Canadian Dragoons use the surveillance equipment in their Coyote reconnaissance vehicles to overlook the Serbian border town of Preöovo from high ground in the American sector of Kosovo. (Credit photo Combat Camera Canada)

Royal Navy Anti-Air Warfare Destroyer HMS Diamond (Type 45) joins forces with USS Enterprise CVN

HMS Diamond has joined the USS Enterprise to exercise with US Carrier Strike Group 12 in the Middle East and demonstrate the Type 45's outstanding air defence capabilities.

Russia to Launch the First of Six Project 636 Improved Kilo Submarines for Vietnamese Navy

The first of six Project 636 Improved Kilo SSK submarines ordered by Vietnam will be launched at the shipyard, "Admiralty Shipyards" in St. Petersburg in August this year, a source from the defense industrial complex told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

British army cavalrymen swap Challenger 2 tanks for Warthog armoured vehicles in Afghanistan

A squadron of British army cavalrymen have swapped their Challenger 2 tanks for Warthog armoured vehicles as they support the Afghan security forces in Helmand province. Soldiers and officers from D Squadron of the King's Royal Hussars, known as the Northern Cavalry Regiment, who are normally based at Tidworth in Wiltshire, have deployed to Afghanistan in Warthogs as a surveillance group, using speed and manoeuvrability to secure areas for large operations.
The Warthog is very reliable and is the only vehicle that can get over all the difficult ground in Afghanistan [Picture: Sergeant Andy Reddy RLC, Crown Copyright/British MOD 2012]

U.S. Army Orders 13,000 More JTRS HMS Rifleman Radios from General Dynamics

General Dynamics C4 Systems has received a new order from the U.S. Army for an additional 13,000 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) AN/PRC-154 Rifleman radios and accessory kits.
PRC-154 Rifleman radio General Dynamics/Thales

Georges Leygues class anti-submarine destroyers (ASW) Datasheet, specifications, pictures, images

The Georges Leygues class anti-submarine destroyers (typed by French Navy as frégates anti-sous-marines type F 70 ASM or anti-submarine frigates) are primarily designed for anti-submarines warfare (ASW) missions and to provide escort to the French carrier battle group and SSBNs. Vessels of the class received upgrades to their combat systems which increased their self protection against air threats and made them capable warships for anti-surface warfare (ASuW) as well.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar Finishes Integration and Test Events At Italian Test Range

The first Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) has been integrated with a MEADS battle manager and launcher at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy.
MEADS Medium Extended Air Defense System missile

Cassidian equips new Finnish Border Guard Patrol Vessel with high-performance Naval Radar

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, will equip the new Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Finnish Border Guard with its proven TRS-3D naval radar. The STX Shipyard in Rauma/Finland has awarded Cassidian a contract to deliver the radar by mid-2013 for integration into the new ship. 

Belgian Navy Frigate Léopold I (Karel Doorman class) out of dry dock following refit

Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I came out of drydock in Den Helder (Netherlands) this Thursday, August 9, 2012 following modernization and repair work conducted over a few months.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Israeli Defense Ministry asks more budget for 2013 face to the complex security situation in Israel

The Israeli Defense Ministry is asking for several billion shekels more than the Israeli Finance Ministry is willing to allocate to it in 2013 budget, according to local media. In discussions set to begin Wednesday, August 14, 2012, an 11.5-billion-shekel ( 3.5 billion U.S. dollars) gap remains between what the military is requesting - 62 billion shekels (15.5 billion U.S. dollars) - and the Finance Ministry's 50.5-billion-shekel (12.5 billion U.S. dollars) offer.
Israel continues to face regular attacks with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. Southern Israel under rocket attack. (Archive image)